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From the moment Charles Howell III took the lead in the first round of the RSM Classic on Thursday, everywhere golf fans turned we were reminded of the magnitude of his victory dry spell: 4,291 days, 333 starts, 2007 Genesis Open and, good grief, his two children had yet to be born.
Yes, for 8 1/2-year-old Ansley Grace and 7-year-old Chase, 11 years seems like an eternity. The truth is, it did for their father, too. On Sunday, the Howell children raced onto the 18th green at Sea Island after seeing something they had never seen before: Their dad drained a 15-foot putt on the second playoff hole to defeat a gallant Patrick Rodgers and win for the first time in, well, if you're Ansley Grace and Chase, forever.
Howell, 39, won at Kingsmill in 2002, his second full year on Tour, and again five years later at Riviera. He has played in 529 PGA events, and only two other golfers needed more time for a third victory: Leonard Thompson (553 starts) and Howard Twitty (532). It's not as if Howell hadn't had his chances for more wins. He's been a quality golfer for the majority of his nearly two decades on Tour, ranked as high as 15th and now back up to No. 61. He's had 16 runners-up and nine third-place finishes through the years. It's just that every time he came close, something happened.
And sure enough, something happened to the leader early on Sunday. Howell bogeyed the